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SPORTS
February 9, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Ashley Wagner was ecstatic over her performance in the women's team event short program at the Sochi Olympics on Saturday. But then her score was revealed. The 63.10 points Wagner received were lower than she expected, and the two-time U.S. champion couldn't help but show her true feelings (see photo above) with a  facial expression that is sure to draw comparisons to U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney's infamous “not impressed” look from the London Games in 2012. Wagner said she simply was surprised about her scores because she thought she had nailed her routine.
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SPORTS
February 9, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
  Birmingham is 0-8 in the West Valley League, but that didn't prevent Granada Hills Coach Don Loperena from saying that the best player he's seen in the league all season is 6-foot-4 junior Serigne Athj of Birmingham. In his latest performance, Athj scored 28 points against the Highlanders. Athj is athletic and can shoot from the perimeter, Loperena said. "You don't see that much," Loperena said. Athj has had games of 28 points against Palisades, 24 against Leuzinger and 30 against Eastside.
SPORTS
February 8, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
In the horse-racing world, it is still a lifetime until the May 3 Kentucky Derby. The top horses get hurt. They get ill. They suddenly, for no apparent reason, start turning in the training times of a plow horse. The favorites of mid-February become the forgottens of Triple Crown season. So when Gary Stevens rode Candy Boy to an impressive victory Saturday at Santa Anita, in the $200,000 Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes, both Stevens and trainer John Sadler did their best to couch their enthusiasm.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
After an atomic apocalypse, only 10 people out of a group of 21 can live in a specially outfitted bunker for a year, at which point they will restart civilization as we know it. Which 10 would you pick - and why? This is the set-up of "After the Dark," an unusually creative and ambitious film of ideas that offers so much more than its forgettable title and sensationalized publicity may imply. Impressively written and directed by John Huddles, this existential sci-fi thriller follows a so-called thought experiment in which one Mr. Zimit (James D'Arcy)
SPORTS
February 6, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
The first days of the national signing period for senior high school football players has come and gone, leaving some disappointed and even disillusioned they didn't receive a scholarship offer. Instead of moping around and feeling rejected, it's time to take advantage of a unique opportunity. Former UCLA coach Terry Donahue and the National Football Foundation are putting on a free combine on Feb. 22 at StubHub Center in Carson "for all kids who want to play college football and continue their education and didn't get recruited by Division I schools," as Donahue puts it. He has recruited more than 40 schools from NCAA Division II, III and the NAIA to come out and perhaps find a player or two. Some 600 seniors are expected to participate in a 2 1/2 -hour camp.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
One day before its 10th anniversary, Facebook released Paper, an app that gives iPhone users a new way to see the content their friends post on the social network. Paper is laid out like a magazine, with numerous sections for users to turn to. The first section includes posts from users' friends and the pages they follow -- it's essentially a new take on the News Feed. Users can customize the Paper app to add whichever sections they want. The available options range from top headlines, tech and sports to Pride, a section about gay rights.
SPORTS
February 2, 2014 | By Gary Klein and Sam Farmer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Seattle Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin sat out most of the season after having hip surgery. Then he suffered a concussion and was not allowed to play in the NFC championship game. So how the Seahawks might deploy the speedy Harvin was something of a mystery going into Sunday's Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos. Harvin made an immediate impact by carrying the ball twice for impressive gains and catching two passes in the first half.
SPORTS
February 1, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
With the U.S. in the final stretch before this summer's World Cup, Coach Juergen Klinsmann has challenged his players to step up and make a statement if they want to make the team. Chris Wondolowski proved Saturday that he got the message, scoring goals in each half to lift the U.S. to a 2-0 win over South Korea before a sold-out crowd of 27,000 at StubHub Center. Whether that will be enough to earn him a seat on the plane to Brazil remains to be seen. But it sure didn't hurt his chances with Klinsmann, who admitted he came away impressed.
SPORTS
January 31, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers, 11-3 since Chris Paul went down with a separated right shoulder on Jan. 3 in Dallas, have impressed many with their recent play. They lead the Pacific Division and have the fourth-best record (33-16) in the tough Western Conference. Reggie Miller, TNT's NBA analyst who watched the Clippers play at Golden State on Thursday night, indicated that he liked what he saw out of the L.A. team despite their 111-92 loss to the Warriors. “I think their schedule sets them up well,” Miller said during the game.
SPORTS
January 31, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
When Mike Magee walked into StubHub Center on Friday morning, the return inspired memories and goose bumps. "This stadium [is] a place that had a pretty special place in my heart," said Magee, a fan favorite during his five seasons with the Galaxy. It could become even more special if Magee gets an opportunity to play Saturday afternoon before a sold-out crowd in the U.S. national team's exhibition with South Korea. Major League Soccer's reigning most valuable player, Magee went nine years between call-ups to a national team camp.
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